The operation has seen a 20% increase in tonnage compared to the same period in 2019
Etihad Cargo has reclaimed 90% of its pre COVID network with services to 72 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas utilising both passenger belly cargo capacity as well as dedicated freighter aircraft.
The carrier operates a fleet of 65 examples including five Boeing 777F freighters while five more had seats removed to provide additional capacity on key routes such as Dhaka and Ho Chi Minh City, allowing the carrier to service increased Asian demand.
Martin Drew, SVP sales and cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, explained: “Etihad Cargo has maintained network operations throughout the pandemic and provided appropriate capacity to cater for demand on key routes, which has resulted in a significant increase in tonnage being carried across the global network. The commitment to expanding operations and provision of additional support to customers where there have been capacity shortages has seen Etihad Cargo carrying more on fewer routes than pre-pandemic. During the coming months, capacity growth is expected to continue, supported by the reintroduction of Etihad Airways passenger flights.”
So far this year Etihad Cargo has operated more than 200 charter flights to 30 destinations not serviced through its network, 20% of which were on behalf of the UAE Government.
The cargo arm has operated charter services to countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros and Equatorial Guinea as well as others across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.